Welcome. Surgery is certainly a personal decision and I am not second guessing your decision plus I have not had to face this. I am assuming you have done enough research to know that muscle invasive BC followed by a cystectomy gives on the best chance of long term survival. I can appreciate being age 75 can be part of any dialogue also. I personally know 4 friends/aquaintenances that have gone through this. One with the illeal conduit, one with an Indiana pouch and two with a neo bladder. All are past 3 years and for the most part doing well with their decisions. That is all my 2 cents worth. I am adding a good link on the 3 types of diversions: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/12546-urinary-reconstruction--diversion
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DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
I am at my last 2 chemo treatments I have stage 2 muscle invasive cancer and will have my tests the last week in June. I don't want surgery as I am 75 and in good shape, is there anyone out there that is in a similar situation? I think my Dr .wants to take my bladder and prostate out even if the results of my tests are positive. Please advise asap and I would rather have good quality life more than longevity of life.